ExoClimber™ is designed to allow rapid ascent of stairs and steep slopes while providing the same long term load carrying capability of ExoHiker™.
- Weight: 50 lbf including power unit and on-board computer.
- Payload: the wearer feels no vertical load with weight up to 150 lbf.
- Noise: As quiet as an office printer.
- Mission Range : At least 600 foot ascent per pound of battery while carrying 150 pound payload.
Example: The Empire State Building is 1200′ tall and one would require a two-pound battery to carry a 150-pound load to its top floor.
- Other optional energy sources include a small fuel cell.
- Interface: small hand-held LCD display.
- Special features: Easy-Stow™retractable legs, quick release emergency egress from backpack and/or exoskeleton.
The construction of ExoClimber™ was completed in October 2005. SORSE was tasked by USSOCOM to conduct an evaluation of this Exoskeleton in Flat Irons Mountain Range of Boulder, CO during 13-17 Dec 05. This area was selected for its high altitude trails, where the elevation can change as much as 1000′ in as little as one half of a mile. The Rangers were able to perform maneuvers that they initially were unable to complete without the aid of the ExoClimber™ After a thorough assessment, the report ends by stating: “the future missions for this device will only be limited by the imagination of the SOF operators using it”.